When the £84m International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW) opened in September last year, it was not only the first of its kind in Wales, but this joint venture between the Welsh Government and the Celtic Manor Resort has delivered an astonishing 26,000 sq.m. of floor space for meetings, conferences and exhibitions (the size of four international rugby pitches).

Incorporated within this is a 4,000 sq.m., pillar-free, multi-reconfigurable main hall, which threw up many challenges for technology contractors, Stage Electrics. Their solution was to specify an end-to-end workflow from the extensive RCF catalogue, tying nearly 800 speaker products (and over 1,000 RCF components in total) into a multi-use PA in the main hall and mobile systems for the meeting rooms, merged into a fully-compliant PAVA environment.

Stage Electrics were awarded the contract for A/V, lighting (including public space), technical loose equipment and stage engineering consultancy, as outlined by Russell Phillips, VP, Facilities and Development at Celtic Manor. But first Simon Cooper, who led Stage Electrics’ engineering team, along with Business Development Manager Saul Eagles, needed to initiate a stringent, but uncompromising cost-cutting programme to bring it into budget.

Stage Electrics have enjoyed enormous success installing RCF systems into a wide range of applications for over 15 years, as Dan Aldridge, their Commercial & Projects Director, points out.

The Cannstatter Wasen is one of the largest folk festivals in Germany alongside the Munich Oktoberfest. The fair comprises large tents with visitors enjoying food and beer and music. For the tenth time already, German company SOUNDLINE Ton+Lichttechnik with owner Robert Reichle was responsible for the Göckelesmaier festival tent, both at Wasen and at the spring festival. In the Göckelesmaier tent at Cannstatter Wasen, which holds over 4,000 people, Robert Reichle relied on RCF audio equipment: the active Line Array System HDL 30- A was installed at the main stage, supported by numerous TT modules allocated throughout the entire tent.

Robert Reichle, Managing Director of SOUNDLINE Ton+Lichttechnik, explains why he chose RCF:

Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. (Tommex) has been appointed Polish distributor for RCF’s Installed Sound, Commercial Audio and Voice Alarm EN54  product lines, with effect from January 2020.

Tommex’s Commercial Director, Marcin Zimny, stated that the move resulted from changes in the ownership structure and distribution strategy of their existing long-term loudspeaker partner. “This meant we were looking for a new partner with a high-quality installation range, that could complement our portfolio; RCF provided a great opportunity and was an exact match.”

RCF è lieta di annunciare una nuova partnership di distribuzione commerciale per l’Italia relativa ai prodotti DPA Microphones. 
DPA Microphones è l’azienda che ha trasformato i microfoni di misura più noti e precisi al mondo nei microfoni pro-audio più realistici e naturali disponibili sul mercato. 
Oggi DPA fa parte del gruppo audio italiano RCF Group. 

I microfoni DPA contano su oltre sei decenni di esperienza nella progettazione di microfoni innovativi. La lunga storia di precisione e ricerca della perfezione di DPA è tuttora immutata e rappresenta il più alto standard qualitativo in tutte le applicazioni audio in studio, broadcast, teatro, cinema e nel live professionale. Ogni microfono è assemblato a mano nella fabbrica all'avanguardia in Danimarca. Sono necessari fino a 200 passaggi per assemblare un microfono DPA. Durante il processo, ogni capsula viene calibrata fino a 15 volte prima dell'approvazione finale.
Lo sapevi?
  • D:dicate™ 4006A di DPA è uno dei microfoni pro-audio più accurati al mondo e deriva direttamente da uno dei più accurati microfoni di misura. 
  • Prendi una capsula microfonica DPA e ingrandiscila fino alle dimensioni di un campo da calcio. Ora avvia un motore a reazione, a 60 metri di distanza. Il diaframma si sposterebbe di solo 4 mm. Prova ora ad immaginare il movimento infinitesimale del diaframma alla dimensione reale di 4 x 5,5 mm.
  • I microfoni DPA vengono utilizzati per registrare tutti i tipi di suono, a qualsiasi livello in tutto il mondo, anche in Antartide, dove sono stati utilizzati per catturare il suono (molto silenzioso) dei fiocchi di neve.
  • Non solo sulla Terra. Sono stati usati due microfoni DPA - antenati del 4004/4007 - per registrare il decollo dell'Apollo 13, mentre un sistema microfonico basato sulle capsule DPA 4006 è incorporato nel Mars 2020 Rover che atterrerà su Marte nel 2021.
For the first time Integra FC, Germany’s largest series of amateur and pro-MMA events, made a stopover in the city of Trier at the Arena Trier. Athletes from 16 nations and martial arts schools from the surrounding area could prove themselves in front of the Trier audience. Event technology service provider TRIACS with managing director Udo Treimetten has been supporting the Integra Fighting Championships in all trades in all productions since 2015: Sound, light, video technology and live stream.
Wladimir Schwarz, Managing Director Integra Fighting Championship ( comments the joint work: “We have now been working together with Triacs GmbH from Föhren for more than 4 years to manage our martial arts events. The company TRIACS has the necessary know-how and the right feeling, which is important for our events. A sound system with high speech intelligibility and deep basses is vital for the moderation and the desired emotion when the fighters move in. The lighting and video concept is very well thought out and ideally implemented for us. Already during the planning phases and the delivered 3D visualisations, we were always impressed by our partner TRIACS. We are already looking forward to the next events which are currently being planned.”
The 15th music festival Musikmeile Bedburg was again an event of superlatives. During one weekend, about 20 bands played on 9 stages, inspired more than 30.000 visitors, and all this for free. Technical service provider TSL Production took responsibility for the complete technical implementation of the event and supervised sound, lighting, stage and video. Across all stages, TSL used audio equipment from RCF. Christina Stürmer, Coby Grant and many other artists could rely on perfect sound conditions.

The technical support of Musikmeile Bedburg can be considered as a big event in its entirety and poses some challenges in terms of material and workforce. To equip all stages perfectly, TSL Production and its team of 25 professionals around company owner Frank Schmitz used a total of approx. 150 components from the RCF product family.
RCF rental partner Sonoloc equipped the popular Belle Ile On Air Festival in Brittany, France, with an HDL 30-A line array. Situated at Belle Ile en Mer, a paradise island off the Quiberon peninsula, on Brittany’s west coast, it was being staged for the fifth time since 2015, with ten bands playing across two stages. This is the only current music event on the island. It takes place on an open-air site, surrounded by the Vauban fortress, and offers an eclectic program in an exceptional and enchanting setting. 
In 2011 it boasted an audience of just 1,500 people but its year-on-year success resulted in almost 9,000 people attending this year. Promoted by Tomm Eo the line-up this year consisted of Emancipator, ASM - A State Of Mind, Deluxe, Super Temple Sound and Rone, representing different genres including Electro-Jazz, Reggae and House.  
PA coverage on the main Vauban stage was represented by two RCF hangs of eight HDL 30-A, with eight SUB 9006-AS handling the low frequencies. Meanwhile, the smaller Ramonette stage was equipped with two hangs of 12 HDL 28-A, with six SUB 9006-AS subwoofers. On both stages, infills were provided by four HDL 26-A, while a quantity of TT 25-CXA met floor monitoring requirements, with a pair of EVOX 12 as side-fills.  
The Picnic Restaurant, located on the popular Ribarac on the banks of the Danube, has won over the hearts of Novi Sad residents in Northern Serbia in a very short space of time, and become one of the favorite places to dine and escape from the city bustle. To enhance the cozy ambience, delicious food and beautiful views, good music and a professional sound system were also a prerequisite.
RCF is pleased to announce the winning of four distinguished awards from the professional audio community. The spectacular RCF HDL 50-A 4K won two awards: the FOH Gold Star Product Award for the Excellence in Line Array Design and the Reader’s Choice Award for the category Line Arrays: Large Format. 
The award for Line Arrays: Small Format goes to RCF HDL 26-A, following the winning of the 2018 and 2019 prizes in the same category by its best selling brother RCF HDL 6-A. Re-confirmation for the second year in a row for the EVOX J system - J8 and JMIX8 - with the Readers' Choice Awards in the Loudspeakers: Portable PA Systems category. 
The FOH Gold Star Product Award is a place of honor gained by the products that have proven themselves to be worthy of special recognition and who have proved themselves by gaining traction in the marketplace. 
The Readers’ Choice Awards is unique for many reasons; chief among them (as the name suggests), is that all voting is the exclusive domain of the readers of ProSoundWeb, the online audio news outlet affiliated to Live Sound International magazine.
All awards were presented during the recent NAMM Show in Los Angeles.
The RCF catalogue extends the installation range at Integrated Systems Europe, assisting the architect and installer with application-focused series of high-quality products. The new RCF BUSINESS MUSIC line offers a complete range of products enabling Commercial Audio systems to be designed for both background and foreground music. It is conceived for all applications that require high audio quality, flexibility, and scalable architecture, allowing the distribution of different audio feeds in different environments, each with specific volume and equalization needs. It is the perfect solution from small to large installations, combining uncompromised sound quality, full processing features, exceptional power, easy configuration, and high scalability. The target application range is extremely wide and varies from retail stores to bars and restaurants, meeting rooms, education or public facilities, and in general to any A/V application. The new BUSINESS MUSIC line includes both Amplifiers and Speakers, with the aim of offering complete sound solutions and maximization of the overall acoustic performance.

Amplifiers feature an extremely compact size (1/2 rack unit width and 1 rack unit height) making them ideal for both desktop and rack installation (with the dedicated optional accessory). Their accurate design, together with environmental robustness (IP 30 protection grade and high-efficiency thermal dissipation), represents a crossover point between professional and consumer markets. There are two Digital Mixer Amplifiers models, the DMA 82 (2 x 80W) and DMA 162 (2 x 160W), combining a powerful DSP platform with recallable speaker presets. These are factory-created and available on the website so that the user only has to set parameters for the environment rather than the speakers. The configuration is either via the front panel with a dedicated user interface and OLED display or RDNet, using the optional board, while it will also be possible to control some of the features of the device from third-party systems via a serial protocol to integrate with other systems. Finally, DMA can distribute four audio channels to satellite DPA units, allowing easy installation and scalable architecture.

With on-board signal processing, the DPA 162 can be used to increase the installed power and build multi- room architecture after receiving a processed audio signal from the four-channel bus on just a single CAT5 cable BUS (with local stereo input alternative). Routing to power outputs can easily be affected via the DIP switch, while configuration can also be carried out using RDNet. Each unit can receive two mono or a single stereo channel from the 4-channel audio bus, with a local stereo input as an alternative. It also has a line output for the subwoofer. Expanding the features further are the RC 401 Remote Control and the BM 404 Paging Console. They can be used in conjunction with the DMA units. RC 401 offers basic Volume Control and Source Select; BM 404 can manage up to four zones, with up to four paging consoles connected in a daisy-chain fashion, interlocked.

Speakers offer an acoustic performance inspired by RCF’s top-of-the-line audio products and high-value industrial design features. MF 33EN is a ceiling speaker designed for recess installation in false ceilings or panels. For wall mount installation, WMF 33EN speaker is available. While being a high-quality device for background music, the self-extinguishing EN54-24 certified cabinet and the highly intelligible voice reproduction make it perfect for voice-alarm and evac messages. RCF has also produced two Monitor speaker models — the MR 40T and MR 50T, both 2-way bass reflex speakers. Unlike their predecessors, these are now sold in pairs (in either white or black), with special bracketry designed for wall mounting, either individually or in clusters of four. Also on display, with five passive speakers models ranging from 5” to 12” woofer size, the COMPACT M series is perfectly suited to every environment with its sleek and neutral design, providing excellent acoustic performance for both background and foreground music, alone or accompanied by the 10-inch SUB S 10 and the 12-inch SUB S 12 subwoofers, delivering output power normally achievable with larger cabinets.

The RCF booth will also feature RDNet compatible VSA II Vertical Steerable Array models, with improved quality for highly reverberant spaces and a new additional black color and the new TT 4 series, with three new rider friendly speakers designed to deliver top quality sound for highly demanding events, both indoors or outdoors, small to medium sized areas and high quality installations. Its design provides the audio engineer with the best tonal balance and intelligibility while offering different design options, both in vertical and horizontal arrangement. TTL 4-A (line array), TTW 4-A (wide dispersion) and TTP 4-A (point source) are equipped with 2 x 10” LF woofers and high performance 4.0" compression driver on a rotatable/swappable waveguide. The TTL 4-A waveguide is 100° x 25°, the TTW 4-A offers 100° x 50° dispersion and the TTP 4- A is 60° x 25°. All models are powered by 2 x 800W RMS Class D amplifiers.

Come visit us at RAI – Amsterdam, 11/14 February 2020 - Booth 7-R200
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